Last week, the City of Eden Valley met in an emergency session to discuss freezing water lines in the city. The City of Watkins met Monday night, Feb. 24, and the City of Kimball will meet Thursday night, Feb. 27, in emergency session to discuss the growing problem.
The Watkins council approved adjusting water bills for those running water to prevent a freeze-up IF they first contact the city.
The City of Eden Valley agreed to make similar adjustments at last week’s meeting.
The City of Kimball will meet Thursday night this week; it is possible they may make a similar decision then.
Because of this year’s especially deep frost, water and sewer lines around the region are freezing. The coming extra-cold days will not help the situation which could last for weeks or even months longer.
If you feel your city water line is at risk of freezing, it is recommended that you leave a flow of water running on the faucet tap nearest where the water comes into the building. The flow should be about the width of a pencil. The cities have calculated that such a flow would be approx. 10,800 gallons in 30 days. Both Eden Valley and Watkins will adjust bills to their “average” monthly usage but the city must be notified before you run your tap continuously. (The City of Watkins will NOT adjust bills for property owners who do not inform the city first.) Both Eden Valley and Watkins advise homeowners to keep their taps on until they are told by the city Public Works department to turn them off.
Make sure your sewer line is not in danger of freezing before leaving your home unattended with the water running.
Even if your town will not adjust your water bill, it may be much less costly to pay for extra water to keep the lines open than it would be to deal with the damage caused by burst pipes.
Be sure to keep the area around incoming water lines warm, and remove clutter that might keep warm air away from the pipes.